Championed by John Peel, and often cited as one of the pioneers of electronica, BOC – a pair of brothers called Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin - hail from Scotland. “Music Has The Right To Children” from which this track comes was their album released in 1998 after sending out countless demos to labels.
“Aquarius” has the trademark reworked samples and loops plus the vocal repeats of “orange” and children’s voices or laughter, not to mention some counting of numbers! My memory is of hearing it – or at least a part of it - first on a Tom Middleton mix “The Trip” which sent me scurrying to the local shop in search of more. Rather like their Scots counterparts “The Blue Nile” BOC are reclusive, rarely giving interviews or performing live. As a result they’ve gained something of a cult following and their works are reckoned to be underlined with subliminal messages…something they’ve done little to dispute.
Their recognisable “sound” comes from layering and blending sounds using a blurring of old tape machines and analogue recordings. A natural fit for this curation.
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About the Curator: Richard Parsons
I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.
In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?”